Mical Roberts was arrested by authorities for a November murder. Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff’s Office

Mical Roberts was arrested by authorities for a November murder. Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff’s Office

King County murder suspect found after months long search

Mical Roberts arrested in Tacoma.

The King County Sheriff’s Office and a TAC-30 SWAT team arrested murder suspect Mical Roberts in Tacoma on March 1 after an anonymous tipper clued authorities in on his whereabouts.

The SWAT team surrounded the Tacoma home, in the 4800 block of South 48th Street, and called for Roberts to exit the building a couple of times, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the sheriff’s office. It wasn’t long before he came out the front door and gave himself up.

“He knew at that point there was nowhere else to go,” Abbott said.

Roberts faces a first-degree murder charge and his bail was set at $2 million.

The search — spanning throughout King County — began after Roberts was identified by authorities December 2018 in connection to a murder in south Seattle the previous month.

On Nov. 19, 2018, authorities responded to a 911 call in the 10000 block of 1st Avenue Southwest. There, they located victim Ricardo Villa Senor, with multiple gunshot wounds. Court documents state that Senor and his girlfriend were in his bedroom when they heard what sounded like multiple people entering the unit above.

The victim retrieved his gun, and gunshots were exchanged between the intruders and Senor. He died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Roberts was matched to a swab of blood taken at the crime scene. He also has a warrant with the Department of Corrections, for failing to appear.

At one time, detectives believed Roberts could have been hiding out on the Eastside — housed by friends or family.

“He knew he was being looked for,” Abbott said.

Roberts was considered armed and dangerous, adding pressure to the search.

Abbott stressed that anybody hiding a wanted subject ultimately could be charged with a crime. And knowingly harboring a wanted murder subject can result in felony charges. The home Roberts was found in did not belong to him. He was, however, the only one taken into custody.


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